LeBron James needs one win for his first NBA title.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Reading between the headlines:
Cramp to Champ? That's the headline of choice as LeBron James prepares to deliver something that LeBron James was supposed to be incapable of delivering – an NBA title.
If Miami defeats Oklahoma City tonight in Game Five of the NBA Finals, we'll have to find a new piñata on the topic of guys who can't win the Big One.
LeBron will have his championship two seasons after annoyed Cleveland fans were burning his jersey because he left the Cavaliers for the Heat.
Miami is favored to defeat the Thunder by four – or two Russell Westbrook turnovers. James is expected to play – and dominate – even though he missed the final minutes of the Game Four win with leg cramps.
If Miami wins, we'll move quickly to the next question: Who is the best player/coach not to win a championship?
Carmelo Anthony? Kevin Durant? Derrick Rose?
Josh Hamilton? Justin Verlander? Ryan Braun?
Philip Rivers? Brian Urlacher? Adrian Peterson?
The floor is now open – well, almost open. Your move, LeBron.
But feel free to make your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. BCS College Commissioners Agree On Four-Team Football Playoff
There is joy in college football today. The Bowl Championship Series is going the way of the Wishbone and helmets without facemasks. Two more seasons and no BCS format for college football. Then the BCS will be dead.
It will be replaced by a four-team playoff – and an entire list of items that fans can howl about. This doesn't solve things. It merely changes the complaints.
Why four teams instead of eight? What kind of committee or computer systems will be used to pick the teams? Are schools from outside the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac 12 really going to have a legitimate opportunity to be included in the fun?
3. UConn Out of 2013 Men's NCAA And Big East Tournament
Don't ask why UConn coach Jim Calhoun is frowning. He's always frowning.
Better to ask why Calhoun is still the coach of the Huskies. Sure, Calhoun has won three national titles, but he's also placed the program on NCAA probation during his career.
And now comes the most embarrassing move of all: UConn can't play in either the 2013 Big East Tournament or the NCAA Tournament because of the program's dreadful academic performance, one that resulted in an APR score that failed to meet the NCAA's minimum standards.